Top Ten Gambian Attractions

Top Ten Gambian Attractions

       The Republic of The Gambia is a country in West Africa. It is the smallest country on mainland Africa, surrounded by Senegal except for a short coastline on the Atlantic Ocean in the west. The country is situated around the Gambia River, the nation’s namesake, which flows through the country’s center and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Its area is almost 10,500 km² with an estimated population of 1,700,000. On February 18, 1965, The Gambia was granted independence from the UK and joined The Commonwealth.Banjul is The Gambia’s capital, but the largest conurbation is Serekunda. The Gambia shares historical roots with many other West African nations in the slave trade, which was the key factor in the placing and keeping of a colony on the Gambia River, first by the Portuguese and later by the British. Since gaining independence in 1965,Gambia has enjoyed relative political stability, with the exception of a brief period of military rule in 1994. An agriculturally fertile country, its economy is dominated by farming, fishing, and tourism. About a third of the population lives below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day.

  1. Gambia Beach

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  2. River Gambia

    The Gambia River is a major river in West Africa, running 1,130 km (700 mi) from the Fouta Djallon plateau in north Guinea westward through Senegal and The Gambia to the Atlantic Ocean at the city of Banjul. It is navigable for about half that length. The river is known largely because of The Gambia, the smallest country in mainland Africa, which consists of little more than the downstream half of the river and its two banks. From the Fouta Djallon, the river runs northwest into the Tambacounda Region of Senegal, where it flows through the Parc National du Niokolo Koba, then is joined by the Nieri Ko and Koulountou before entering The Gambia at Fatoto. At this point the river runs generally west, but in a meandering course with a number of oxbows, and about 100 km from its mouth it gradually widens, to over 10 km wide where it meets the sea. The aquatic fauna in the Gambia River basin is closely associated with that of the Sénégal River basin, and the two are usually combined under a single ecoregion known as the Senegal-Gambia Catchments. Although the species richness is moderately high, only three species of frogs and one fish are endemic to this ecoregion.
  3. Kunta Kinteh Island (James Island)

    Kunta Kinteh Island, previously known as James Island, is an island in the Gambia River, 30 km from the river mouth and near Juffureh in the country of The Gambia. Fort James is located on the island. It is less than two miles from Albreda on the river’s northern bank that served a similar purpose for the French.
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